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CFF Goes Virtual Again

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Natascha McElhone plays the title role in the 2021 film, Carmen.

CFF Goes Virtual Again
by Staff Editors

(March 2, 2022 – Toronto, ON) The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) and Super Channel have partnered once again to bring the festival to film fans across the country.

“We are proud to share our enthusiasm for supporting Canadian storytelling and content by collaborating once again with the great team at the CFF to bring a third edition of the Canadian Film Fest to our viewers,” said Don McDonald, President and CEO, Super Channel. “We look forward to sharing this collection of captivating films with our audience in what has become an annual tradition.”

“We have an incredible wealth of creative talent in Canada and are delighted to once again bring audiences a diverse selection of some of the best films on offer as part of this year’s virtual lineup,” said Ashleigh Rains, Festival Director, Canadian Film Fest. “Partnering with Super Channel gives film-lovers across the country the opportunity to explore immersive stories through the lens of homegrown filmmakers and we are so happy to continue our long-standing relationship with them.”

The festival kicks off on March 22 with the World premiere of Tehranto, directed by Faran Moradi, starring Sammy Azero (In the Dark, Easy Land), Mo Zeighami (Three Sisters) and Navid Negahban (Tehran, Homeland). It’s an unlikely story of love and family when Badi and Sharon, two young students with very different upbringings from a divided Iranian community, accidentally fall in love. Closing out the festival on April 2, will be Carmen, directed by Valerie Buhagiar will have its Toronto premiere. Starring Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, Californication), this joyful and poignant film tells the story of a 50-year-old woman who must find her voice after her life of servitude to her brother in a tiny Maltese village, abruptly ends. All feature presentations get underway at 9 p.m. ET/PT and are preceded by a brief introduction and short film.

Speaking of short films, there are 28 new CFF short films showcased this year including Toronto Premieres of Mimine (dir. Simon Laganière), a clumsy and reckless father decides to dazzle his young son as he notices that the child is developing a beautiful relationship with his ex-girlfriend’s new lover; Not My Age (dir. Kaitlyn Lee), when a young-at-heart Korean Grandma breaks her leg on a nightly adventure with her Granddaughter, she fights for one more spray paint extravaganza in the dead of night; See you Garbage! (dir. Romain Dumont), a dramatic comedy that resembles a revolutionary tale, attempting to explore the encounter between the well-coated contempt of the political class and a sudden awareness of its people; L’Innu du futur (dir. Stéphane Nepton), a poetic story and an ode to the land in relation to the identity as an urban Indigenous person; Nuisance Bear (dir. Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden), a shifted perspective where the audience can see themselves through the perspective of polar bears, and experience how they navigate an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers during their annual migration.

Scotiabank and DGC Ontario have generously supported the Canadian Film Fest by sponsoring Action on Women In Film, a virtual event addressing the persistent gender gap for women in the Canadian film industry. The free all-day summit taking place on Wednesday, March 23 will provide education, mentorship and networking opportunities for women (including cisgender women, transgender women, women-identified, gender non-conforming women and others who identify themselves within the spectrum of the gender identity of a woman that may be fixed or fluid). Additionally, Scotiabank will remove barriers to access to the festival by reimbursing all submission fees for BIPOC and female filmmakers.

The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent.

Super Channel is a national pay television network, offering subscribers exceptional entertainment value, uncut and commercial-free, with four diverse channels – Super Channel Fuse, Super Channel Heart & Home, Super Channel Vault and GINX Esports TV Canada – plus, access to Super Channel On Demand where available by service provider.

Also see: A full list of the CFF schedule online.
Also see: A list of March 2022 film festivals.

SOURCE: CFF, Super Channel